NASC adds to its team

Kelli Younker joins as a compliance specialist.

The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) is delighted to announce the addition of Kelli Younker to its team as a compliance specialist. Younker will oversee tasks including new member onboarding, label trainings, website reviews, NAERS monitoring and day-to-day member support. She officially began her role on May 15, 2024.

Younker hails from northern New Mexico and brings a rich background in veterinary and agricultural sciences. Throughout high school, she worked as an assistant veterinary technician at a local veterinary hospital. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New Mexico State University, majoring in agriculture and extension education with a minor in equine science. During her time at NMSU, Younker was the co-captain of the university’s NCAA Women’s Equestrian Team.

Following her graduation, Younker spent over a decade working as a veterinary technician before transitioning to the role of livestock assistant at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. For the past five years, she has served as a feed specialist for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

Bill Bookout, NASC president and board chair, stated: “Kelli Younker’s education, knowledge of the equestrian world, and her many years working as a veterinary technician and a state feed specialist have prepared her well for this new role. Kelli’s first full week on the job took place at the 2024 NASC Annual Conference, where she rolled up her sleeves and pitched in as though she had been on the job for years. We are confident she will be an asset to our team, and a valuable resource to the NASC membership.”

A lifelong equestrian, Younker has a remarkable background in horse riding, having qualified numerous times for the American Quarter Horse Association World Show. She continues to show horses and compete at the national level. In addition to her equestrian pursuits, she enjoys shooting archery, hunting and working on her family farm. She owns multiple horses, dogs, and cats, along with various other farm animals.

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